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Animations for Earthquake Terms and Concepts — Flash animations illustrating basic earthquake terms and concepts.

USGS
  • Education resources
  • Basics
  • College
  • Elementary school
  • General Audience
  • High School
  • Middle School

Be a Hero: Kid's - ready.gov — Activities and materials aimed at making kids more aware of hazard preparedness

FEMA
  • Basics
  • Preparedness & Response
  • iconFun & Games
  • iconInfo
  • iconInteractive
  • Elementary school

Bigger Faults Make Bigger EQ's — Three different rope lengths are used to demonstrate how a fault ruptures in an EQ and why bigger faults make bigger EQ's. Downloadable PDF.

USGS
  • Magnitudes
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • iconLesson Plans
  • Elementary school

BSL Outreach — Wonderful diverse collection of videos and animations, as well as links to lesson plans and educational resources.

Berkeley Seismology Lab
  • Paleoseismology
  • Modeling
  • San Andreas Fault
  • Trenching
  • Instrumentation, seismographs, monitoring
  • Engineering, Earthquake
  • Education resources
  • Earth structure
  • Books
  • Seismicity
  • Seismic waves
  • Preparedness & Response
  • Plate tectonics
  • iconLesson Plans
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • College

Catalog of Earthquake-Related Sounds — This collection of 21 earthquake-related sounds, prepared by Karl V. Steinbrugge, was originally published in BSSA vol. 64, no. 5 in 1974 and updated with eight additional sounds in 1985. You can listen to individual sounds below by clicking the play button in the audio player next to the recording number, or you can download a Zip file containing MP3 audio files of all the sounds. Most of recorded on the inside of different buildings but some are from outside. (Compiled by Karl V. Steinbrugge)

Seismological Society of America (SSA)
  • Societal Effects
  • Site response
  • Shaking
  • Engineering, Earthquake
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • iconInfo
  • iconInteractive
  • College
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school

Children, Stress, and Natural Disasters — Teachers guide to helping children deal with disasters

Univ of Illinois Extension
  • Preparedness & Response
  • iconLesson Plans
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school

Cool Earthquake Facts — fascinating earthquake facts

USGS
  • Basics
  • Earthquake facts
  • iconInfo
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school
  • College

Digital Library for Earth Science Education — Searchable database of educational earth science resources for all grade levels.

DLESE
  • Basics
  • Education resources
  • Lessons online
  • iconInfo
  • iconLesson Plans
  • College
  • Elementary school
  • High School
  • Middle School

Earth Science Education Activities — a wealth of excellent hands-on activities for teaching about earthquakes, volcanoes, seismic waves, plate tectonics, earth structure, seismic waves, convection, seismometers and more!

Purdue Univ.
  • Shaking
  • Seismic waves
  • Preparedness & Response
  • Plate tectonics
  • Magnitudes
  • Locations
  • Locating Earthquakes
  • Lessons online
  • Intensity
  • Instrumentation, seismographs, monitoring
  • Hazards
  • Geology
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Engineering, Earthquake
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Education resources
  • Earth structure
  • Basics
  • iconLesson Plans
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Elementary school
  • College

Earthquake ABC: A Child's View of Earthquake Facts and Feelings — by kids for kids, with a special section for parents and teachers

USGS
  • Basics
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • Elementary school

Earthquakes — Information on the basics of earthquakes.

British Geological Survey
  • Basics
  • Earth structure
  • Intensity
  • Locating Earthquakes
  • Magnitudes
  • Seismic waves
  • iconInfo
  • Elementary school
  • General Audience
  • High School
  • Middle School

Earthquakes: Seismic Destruction — links to photos of earthquake effects and tsunami effects

National Geographic
  • Tsunamis
  • Photos, Earthquake
  • Basics
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school
  • College

EarthScope Resources for Students & Teachers — Animations, online lectures, visualizations and more, mostly from IRIS.

EarthScope
  • Basics
  • Earth structure
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Lessons online
  • Locating Earthquakes
  • Plate tectonics
  • Seismic waves
  • Seismicity
  • Tsunamis
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInfo
  • iconInteractive
  • College
  • Elementary school
  • High School
  • Middle School

EQs on the Surface (PDF) — use topo maps, seismicity maps, and fault maps to understand the connection between the surface features, locations of EQs and mapped faults

USGS
  • Lessons online
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Education resources
  • Surface features - Faults, Earthquakes
  • Maps
  • Seismicity
  • iconLesson Plans
  • Elementary school

Explore Nature - Plate Tectonics — excellent presentation with vivid graphics

USGS & U.S. National Park Service
  • Plate tectonics
  • Earth structure
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInfo
  • iconLesson Plans
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school
  • College

Faultline:Seismic Science at the Epicenter — lots of resources, information, activities and graphics concerning earthquakes in California

Exploratorium
  • Basics
  • Historic Earthquakes
  • History-Earthquakes, Seismology
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school
  • College

Garlock Fault Fly-Over — Virtual fly-over of the Garlock fault. Will download a .mov file.

JPL/NASA
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • iconGraphics
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school
  • College
  • Middle School

GSA Free Teacher Resources — A good resource for educators that includes lesson plans, info on state standards, awards, and reading suggestions

Geological Society of America
  • Geology
  • Education resources
  • Basics
  • Hazards
  • Lessons online
  • Plate tectonics
  • iconLesson Plans
  • High School
  • Elementary school
  • College
  • Middle School

Human Wave (PDF) — learn about the motions of P & S waves with a fun participating exercise

USGS
  • Seismic waves
  • Lessons online
  • Education resources
  • iconLesson Plans
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Elementary school

IRIS Education Resources — A multitude of educational resources for earthquake science, from visualizations and animations, to lessons and educational software. Awesome!

IRIS - Incorporated Research Institutes for Seismology
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Earth structure
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Earthquake facts
  • Damage from Earthquakes
  • Seismic waves
  • Instrumentation, seismographs, monitoring
  • Hazards
  • Shaking
  • Seismicity
  • Plate tectonics
  • Locating Earthquakes
  • Basics
  • Education resources
  • Lessons online
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInfo
  • iconInteractive
  • iconLesson Plans
  • College
  • Elementary school
  • General Audience
  • High School
  • Middle School

Jules Verne Voyager and Jules Verne Voyager, Jr. — an interactive map tool that enables students and scientists to better understand the relationships between geophysical and geological processes, structures, and measurements with high-precision GPS data. These are Javascript based tools.

UNAVCO
  • Seismicity
  • Plate tectonics
  • Maps
  • iconInteractive
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school
  • College

Kid's Earthquake Questions & Answers — kids' questions answered by scientists

Dromore National School, Republic of Ireland & USGS
  • Basics
  • iconInteractive
  • iconInfo
  • Elementary school

Kid's Hazards Quiz — short quiz on preparedness and where earthquakes occur

NOAA
  • Preparedness & Response
  • Basics
  • iconInfo
  • iconInteractive
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school
  • Middle School

Large Plate Puzzle (PDF) — cut a large world map into puzzle pieces along plate boundaries, students discuss individually land then for the whole map after the class puts pieces together; simple but powerful, discussion Q/A included

USGS
  • Plate tectonics
  • Lessons online
  • Education resources
  • iconLesson Plans
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Elementary school

Listening to Earthquakes — music and earthquakes have something in common!

USGS
  • Seismic waves
  • iconInteractive
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school
  • College

Online Wordsearch Puzzles — Interactive wordsearch puzzles with earthquake-related words

USGS
  • Basics
  • iconFun & Games
  • iconInteractive
  • Elementary school

PBJ Fault (PDF) — demonstrate the different types of faults with a PBJ sandwich, and then eat it double-decker

USGS
  • Plate tectonics
  • Lessons online
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Education resources
  • iconLesson Plans
  • Elementary school

Photos of Faults and Fault Zone Features — photos

Univ. of Oregon
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school
  • College

Pillowcase Project, The — The Pillowcase Project is designed for use with 3rd graders, age 8-9. The program has been reviewed by 3rd grade teachers and tailored to 3rd grade reading skills and learning abilities. The program may be adapted for use with students in 2nd and 4th grade.

American Red Cross
  • Preparedness & Response
  • iconInfo
  • iconLesson Plans
  • Elementary school

Plate Tectonics Activities — Games, quiz

Quia
  • Basics
  • Plate tectonics
  • iconInteractive
  • iconFun & Games
  • Elementary school

Recommended Reading about Earthquakes for Kids and Adults — list of books

USGS
  • Books
  • Basics
  • iconInfo
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school

Rock'n on Shakey Ground (4MB PDF) — The basics of earthquake science written especially for the elementary school level.

USGS & Green Frog News
  • Basics
  • iconInfo
  • Elementary school

San Andreas Fault Fly-Over — virtual fly-over of the San Andreas Fault

JPL/NASA
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • San Andreas Fault
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school
  • College

SCEC Communication, Education and Outreach — Many excellent resources for Public Education and Preparedness, K-14 Earthquake Education, and Experiential Learning and Career Advancement. Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country downloadable booklets for learning about earthquake hazards and safety recommendations in many different languages and for many different areas of the United States.

Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC)
  • Surface features - Faults, Earthquakes
  • Careers
  • Seismicity
  • Seismic waves
  • Historic Earthquakes
  • Hazards
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Education resources
  • Plate tectonics
  • Lessons online
  • San Andreas Fault
  • Preparedness & Response
  • iconLesson Plans
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • Elementary school
  • College
  • General Audience
  • High School
  • Middle School

Schoolyard Geology — Online lesson plans with photos and images. Excellent geologic activities you can do anywhere! Education standards info included.

USGS
  • Geology
  • Maps
  • Surface features - Faults, Earthquakes
  • iconLesson Plans
  • Elementary school
  • Middle School

Science Education Resource Center (SERC) — Whether you're an undergraduate faculty member or a K-12 science teacher our suite of partner projects have materials you can use today. Connect with a community of peers as they share what really works in their classrooms.

Carleton College
  • Basics
  • Education resources
  • Lessons online
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInfo
  • iconInteractive
  • iconLesson Plans
  • College
  • Elementary school
  • High School
  • Middle School

Science Fair Project Ideas — specific projects with directions and ideas

USGS
  • Education resources
  • Basics
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Elementary school

Science of Earthquakes, The — brief and basic earthquake science concepts

USGS
  • Basics
  • iconInfo
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Elementary school
  • College

The Richter Scale — An interactive demonstration of calculating the magnitude of an earthquake based on amplitude and S and P wave locations

Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Magnitudes
  • Basics
  • iconInteractive
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school
  • College

This Dynamic Earth: The Story of Plate Tectonics — excellent comprehensive overview of plate tectonics with excellent graphics, online USGS general interest publication

USGS
  • Basics
  • History-Earthquakes, Seismology
  • Plate tectonics
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school
  • College

Today in Earthquake History — what happened today in earthquake history

USGS
  • History-Earthquakes, Seismology
  • Historic Earthquakes
  • Earthquake facts
  • iconInfo
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school
  • College

Tsunami — Interactive presentation covering the science of tsunamis, preparedness, research, and historical tsunamis.

Woods Hole
  • Tsunamis
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInteractive
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school
  • College
  • Middle School

Tsunami Education — Links to educational materials, warning centers.

NOAA
  • Preparedness & Response
  • Tsunamis
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInfo
  • Middle School
  • College
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school

Watch Buildings Move During Earthquakes — Real videos of buildings shaking during real earthquakes, and some re-creations.

American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • Engineering, Earthquake
  • Societal Effects
  • Site response
  • Shaking
  • Photos, Earthquake
  • Forces
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Damage from Earthquakes
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school
  • College
  • Middle School
  • High School

Who Dunit? and the Law of Superposition (PDF) — solve a crime, and then use those same skills to understand the Law of Superposition (older layers of the earth on bottom) with a fun WhoDunit? investigation and then use your skills to solve a geological mystery

USGS
  • Trenching
  • Paleoseismology
  • Lessons online
  • Geology
  • Education resources
  • Earth structure
  • iconLesson Plans
  • iconGraphics
  • Elementary school